There are different gestures that we make when brushing our teeth correctly that dentists started promoting to make sure our teeth are clean. We learn that is good for us to build this habit, but not everyone knows how to brush their teeth correctly and for how long. The Oh My Gums! toothbrush has a tilt sensor that reads those gestures and turns your toothbrush into a controller.
OH MY GUMS!
Kids can play the Oh My Gums! game and kill the bugs that attack their teeth while learning a habit that will be beneficial to their dental health. As designers, we need to carefully understand kid’s motivations and create behavioral principles to help us design better experiences for them. My advisor for this project was Haakon Faste.
TOOTHBRUSH + GAME CONTROLLER
The tootbrush has a tilt sensor that can measure in two axes the postion of the toothbrush while playing the game. When bugs appear, kids can only get rid of them by brushing in that specific part of their mouth, which requires a unique gesture that is read by the toothbrush and sent to the phone or tablet.
CREATING AND PERSONALIZING MONSTERS
During research I found that one of the most effective ways to keep players engaged, and specially kids, is to allow them to have representations of themselves. Kids can select from a variety of monsters and personalize them by changing their features (color, number of eyes, etc.) and adding or removing teeth.
Leveraging insights from game design, I created a diagram predicting the outcome of the system that explains the following premises: Fun produces engagement. Engagement fulfills the player’s goals. Goals build motivation. Motivation stimulates to have fun.
PREVIEW OF THE APP
Click on video for a short preview of the flow when kids brush their teeth.